It’s often a pat answer for why recruits decide on a college, but Jordan Austin’s grade-point average gives his reasoning some serious credibility.
Academics were indeed the Claremont High School offensive tackle’s deciding factor in committing to USC June 26. His 4.4 GPA and ambitious plans for higher education, not to mention the scholarship offer he received from Harvard, certainly speak to his priorities.
“I want to get a Masters degree and when you get one of those from USC, NFL or no NFL, you’re set for life,” Austin said. “But if you’re a starting offensive lineman at USC, you’re practically guaranteed a shot at the NFL.”
As soon as Erik Brown’s season ended, it began.
The Summit High School receiver didn’t have a scholarship offer when the No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS Central Division went down in the first round of the playoffs Nov. 9, 2012. Over a four month period beginning in February, he became one of the most sought after receivers in the country.
The pursuit ended last week when the 6-foot-2, 175-pound rising senior verbally committed to Washington, choosing the Huskies from nearly 30 scholarship offers that included UCLA, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Boise State and Oregon State.
“I knew it was coming,” Brown said. “I worked hard for this and it has been a blessing. It all happened really fast. I think I just got a chance to showcase what I can do when passing league came around.”
Kaiser’s Ryan Mota verbally committed to San Diego State on Tuesday, according to Kaiser baseball coach Mike Spinuzzi. The 6-foot-3 pitcher, who will be a senior next season, chose the Aztecs over offers from Washington, Hawaii and Long Island University.
As a junior Mota went 9-2 with a 2.05 earned-run average for the Sunkist League champions. He pitched three complete games, had 56 strikeouts and 16 walks in 58 innings. Mota, who also played first base, hit .354 with 28 RBIs and 23 runs scored in 28 games in helping Kaiser to a 25-5 overall record and the No. 2 seed in the Division 4 playoffs last season.